Jul 06 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Favorite Quotes, Giveaways, Review, Young Adult / 3 Comments


Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1)

by Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: July 9th 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

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Favorite Quotes

The sun was in a hurry to rise, or so it felt.  Light washed out the blanket of stars above me. I watched the morning crawl over the sea, until it touched my street and my house.

Only that I must succeed-at all costs.

This was where it would begin.  Where I would restore honor to my family’s name.  Where I would prove that a girl could be the best tailor in A’landi.

Many of you have already served as court tailors, but the imperial tailor is among the most esteemed and privileged of His Majesty’s loyal servants.  It is a position that is held for life and brings much prosperity to the one who is deserving.

About the Author

Elizabeth Lim grew up on a hearty staple of fairy tales, myths, and songs. Her passion for storytelling began around age 10, when she started writing fanfics for Sailor Moon, Sweet Valley, and Star Wars, and posted them online to discover, “Wow, people actually read my stuff. And that’s kinda cool!” But after one of her teachers told her she had “too much voice” in her essays, Elizabeth took a break from creative writing to focus on not flunking English.
Over the years, Elizabeth became a film and video game composer, and even went so far as to get a doctorate in music composition. But she always missed writing, and turned to penning stories when she needed a breather from grad school. One day, she decided to write and finish a novel — for kicks, at first, then things became serious — and she hasn’t looked back since.

Elizabeth loves classic film scores, books with a good romance, food (she currently has a soft spot for arepas and Ethiopian food), the color turquoise, overcast skies, English muffins, cycling, and baking. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Review of Spin The Dawn:

Review: (5 Stars):  Spin The Dawn was an amazing story of a young woman who disguises herself as her brother to win a competition to help her struggling family.  Maia has been working with her father as a tailor while her brothers went off to fight in the war and when the Emperor requests her father, Maia has to make a decision.  She decides to cut off her hair and pretend to be her brother, Keton, to compete in the hopes of being chosen as the Imperial tailor.

Spin The Dawn was a beautifully written tale that kept me spellbound as Maia competed in each task to win the position as the Imperial tailor.  Maia was such a great character and she faced so many challenges as she tried to win against each of the more experienced tailors. Her designs were so beautiful and intricate and I got lost in this wonderful story.  This is the first book in a new series and I’m dying to see what happens next for Maia.




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3 Responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim”

  1. Danielle Hammelef

    Not many people know that I have several children’s educational books published.

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  3. Alexis Gauthier

    I did all the mandatory entries!

    Something many people may not know about me is that I never learned how to ride a bike.

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